According to the Central Weather Bureau, Taipei is experiencing its hottest summer in 100 years. The temperature has exceeded 38°C (100.4°F) the last three days and the city has seen 15 days that reached 37°C (98.6°F), both of which are records dating back to 1896.
Of course, these temperatures don’t factor in humidity or sunshine to provide a heat index. Today, according to The Weather Channel, the heat index is 42°C (107.6°F) with 49% humidity.
For those seeking to escape the heat this weekend, plenty of museums and galleries offer free or inexpensive air conditioned spaces for visitors. It is not advisable to head to Taiwan’s numerous hot springs unless you’re prepared for heatstroke or heat exhaustion. If you plan to spend time outside, be prepared.